I just started to understand some Spanish!

June 11, 2009

Just when I was starting to understand some Spanish we go to Portugal.  We got on a bus that took us from Merida, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal.  Not once crossing the border between the two countries did we have to show our passport because in the European Union you are free to move between countries unlike earlier where we would have had to go through a customs checkpoint.  We then arrived in Lisbon and I once again was totally without any clue as to communicating.  The one nice part was that more people in Portugal spoke English than in Spain.  We came into the Santiago Calatrava designed Estacao de Oriente.

Estacao de Oriente

Estacao de Oriente

From there we took the very nice Metro to our hostel.  I just loved the sign warning not to get stuck in the closing doors.

Ouch!

Ouch!

We stayed at the Black & White Hostel which turned out to be one of the most interesting hostels on the trip.  When we first arrived it looked like it might not be good when we walked into this slightly unmaintained stairwell but once inside the hostel it was very nice with a kitchen and everything.  The wall were all painted with interesting patterns and the main room had a balcony that overlooked the main street.

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